Posted by scchua on October 18th, 2011
This continues the series of Gurney puzzles that I have found enjoyable, not too tough. All nicely clued, with some clever surfaces. Thanks Gurney. Definitions are underlined in the clues. Hidden connection in one of the picture sets.
1 Experience of Neil Armstrong maybe seconds after ordering English sweets? (14)
WEIGHTLESSNESS : S(seconds, as in H:M:S) placed after(after) anagram of(ordering) ENGLISH SWEETS
Answer: Sensation experienced by the first man on the moon on his journey between here and there.
10 Stratagem contains nothing to provoke (5)
ROUSE : RUSE(stratagem,ploy) containing(contains) O(=o=zero=nothing)
11 Share out pain, or opt for change? (9)
APPORTION : Anagram of(for change) PAIN OR OPT
12 Boat journey cut short by Republican near eastern Maine (7)
TRIREME : TRI(“trip”,journey without its last letter,cut short) plus(by) R(Republican) plus(near) E(eastern) ME(abbrev. for US state of Maine used in postal codes)
Answer: From Latin, the name for a boat developed by the ancient Greeks with 3 tiers of oars on each side, used as a warship.
13 After change of leader, struggle to provide framework (7)
TRESTLE : “Wrestle”(struggle) with initial letter,leader replaced by(after change of..) “t”
14 Conservative wing, say, showing the way up (5)
CLIMB : C(Conservative) LIMB(an example of which,say, after adaptation and evolution, is the wing)
Answer: The noun for “the way up”
16 Agent’s business bust, great anger follows (9)
BROKERAGE : RAGE(great anger, as in “Raging Bull”) placed after(follows) BROKE(bust,kaput in the past tense)
Answer: The activity performed, and the fee earned, by an agent in brokering deals between parties.
19 Potentially nice pet brought to Delaware? Hardly! (9)
CENTIPEDE : Anagram of(potentially) NICE PET plus(brought to) DE(abbrev. for the US state of Delaware used in postal codes)
Answer: One that would hardly make a nice pet! Nice intertwining of definition and wordplay.
20 Beginning to strum instrument exactly on time (5)
SHARP : S(initial letter of,beginning to “strum”) HARP(stringed instrument)
Answer: If an invitation says that an event will start at Xpm sharp, it means it will start exactly on time at Xpm – at least, that is the intention.
22 Force with role building defensive wall (7)
RAMPART : RAM(verb, to hit with force) plus(with) PART(a role, eg. in a play)
25 Time in legislature when giving up rights is discussed? (7)
SESSION : Homophone of(is discussed) “cession”,a giving up,ceding of one’s rights, eg. a state or territory’s rights to another state
27 Adapt No. Ten for a PM? (9)
AFTERNOON : Anagram of(adapt) NO. TEN FOR A
Answer: The time of the day post meridian, after 12 noon. Nice surface, alluding to the British PM’s official address.
28 In Cuba they spend time in the water (5)
BATHE : Hidden in(in) cuBA THEy
Answer: I wonder if there is an allusion here to Cuban refugees leaving in boats.
29 Handshakes not universal at this gathering? (14)
TELECONFERENCE : Cryptic defn: A portmanteau word signifying a sort of discussion,meeting,gathering of (groups of) people, using their telephones simultaneously, aka “a conference call”. And when video is added, it’s a videoconference. Physical handshakes all round,universal, are not possible in such a meeting.
2 Great knowledge of rugby union shown in publication (9)
ERUDITION : RU(rugby union) contained in(shown in) EDITION(a publication, eg. of a book as in “first edition”, or newspaper as in “evening edition”)
3 Diving bird, heading north, sheltered by icebergs (5)
GREBE : Reversal of(heading north, in a down clue) and hidden in(sheltered by) icEBERGs
4 Set of figures covering sporting contest can be found (9)
TRACEABLE : TABLE(set of figures laid out in rows and columns) containing(covering) RACE(a sporting contest to see who is fastest)
5 Former partner conveniently living abroad (5)
EXPAT : EX(former partner, eg. spouse to whom you might have to pay maintenance) PAT(conveniently,in the sense of fitting too exactly or glib, as in a “pat answer to an awkward question”). Nice surface – if you’re not on good terms with your ex.
6 Recklessly cross seer, one who has magic powers (9)
SORCERESS : Anagram of(recklessly) CROSS SEER
7 Be there when prejudiced guy blows his top (5)
EXIST : “Sexist”,the guy – any reason why it can’t be a gal as well? – with prejudices based on sex – the gender, not the activity - minus,blows its initial letter,his top
8 In Wisconsin, ceremonial is genuine (7)
SINCERE : Hidden in(in) wisconSIN CEREmonial
9 I might rebuke councillor in charge of installing computers, say (6)
CRITIC : CR(abbrev. for councillor) IC(abbrev. for “in charge”) containing(installing) IT(abbrev. for information technology, an example of which,say are computers)
15 Items of little value I found in British taxi another vehicle upended (4-1-4)
BRIC-A-BRAC : I contained in(found in) BR(British) CAB(taxi) plus reversal of(upended) CAR(another vehicle)
17 Once Basie’s playing is included, there will be great respect (9)
OBEISANCE : Anagram of(playing) BASIE – anagrind and fodder refering to Count Basie and his orchestra – contained in(is included) ONCE
Answer: Some overlap with the definition, but one can also have obeisance without great (or any) respect, and great respect without obeisance.
18 After male left, Mavis is in upper room looking back to earlier days (9)
ATAVISTIC : AVIS(“Mavis” without letter “m”,after “m”,male left) contained in(is in) ATTIC(upper room, below the roof of the house)
Answer: Reverting,looking back to an ancestral type or character from earlier days. In biological terms, it’s when a characteristic or trait that appeared in ancestors, but not in intervening generations, reappears. So what was Mavis and her male doing in the upper room? The imagination runs wild.
19 Fruit in general use, we hear (7)
CURRANT : Homophone of(we hear) CURRENT(in general,customary,prevalent use, as in “the current practice…”)
21 Written while under house arrest? (6)
PENNED : Double defn. 2nd: While you’re under such a legal (or political) order, your house becomes your confines, and you’re also incommunicado – no radio, TV, Internet?
23 Solid food including last of roast (5)
METAL : MEAL(food that is served and eaten, or coarse ground powder from grain seeds) containing(including) T(last letter of “roast“)
Answer: There are various senses of “metal” that can fit “solid”. Most elementary metals at ambient temperature are solid (except 1 surely, and 4 marginally). Metal is an alternative to “mettle”, that which makes you steady and solid. It also refers to the stuff that solid things are made of, including what’s on the roads.
24 Something 20 seen in heath or nearby (5)
THORN : Hidden in(seen in) heaTH OR Nearby
Answer: Reference to the solution for 20A SHARP
26 Weapon regularly scabbarded? (5)
SABRE : Alternate letters,regularly of ScAbBaRdEd